Cobras restrict NSW Blues to 135 in their CLT20 opener

Cape Cobras batsman Daniel Smith was bowled by Vernon Philander for 24 AFP

Chennai: Sep 24, 2011

New South Wales wasted a brisk start from their openers as they were restricted for 135 for eight Cape Cobras in their Champions League Twenty 20 match.

Batting first after the coin landed in their favour, Shane Watson and David Warner gave NSW a rollicking start, racing off to 41 for the first wicket in just under five overs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

But the Australian outfit lost the grip after the dismissal of their top three batsmen.

Some disciplined bowling, especially by Vernon Philander (2/21) and Justin Kemp (1/18), only made life difficult for NSW who had won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2009.

Robin Peterson (1/20) and Dale Steyn (1/26), too, returned with economical figures after the early onslaught.

While Watson top-scored for NSW with a 29-ball 34, which included four boundaries and a six, his partner Warner made 20 off 13 balls. The left-hander hit two fours and a six.

After Charl Langeveldt (2/38) and Peterson dismissed Warner and Watson respectively, Daniel Smith kept the scoreboard moving but his dismissal to Philander at a crucial juncture spoilt NSW’s plans.

Smith slammed 24 off a mere 16 deliveries and struck two fours and a six.

Much was expected of skipper Simon Katich, but he failed to deliver when it mattered, falling prey to Kemp.

Steven Smith and Moises Henriques made 16 and 18 respectively to take NSW to a respectable score.

Langeveldt and Philander finished with two wickets apiece while Peterson, Steyn and Kemp took a wicket each. (PTI)

Brief Scores: NSW Blues 135 for 8 in 20 overs (Shane Watson 34, Daniel Smith 24, David Warner 20; Vernon Philander 2 for 21, Robin Peterson 1 for 20) vs Cape Cobras.

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